Covid-19: Safe Return to Rowing

8 Oct. 2020

Unfortunately to conform with the recently strengthened Covid-19 restrictions, rowing is currently suspended.

Guidance for members 

Before signing up to row it is important you familiarise yourself fully with this guidance. We need to make sure we work together to keep each other safe and so each row slot will take around 90 mins with actual rowing time being reduced to around 45 minutes.  Please be prepared to contribute fully to cleaning and keeping to these guidelines if you would like to book on to a row. 

The most effective day-to-day mitigation against Covid-19 remains keeping to physical distancing measures, frequent handwashing, good cleaning of surfaces, and in particular those deemed to be ‘high touch points’. The important thing for Row Porty members to remember is the key part that each person plays in helping to eliminate the virus and that being cautious and considerate when participating in activities willrequire a new level of discipline – we are returning to rowing, but not back to ‘normal’.

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus don’t sign up to row. If you have signed up to row and develop symptoms prior to the row then please contact the cox via Spond and phone to let them know you are not able to take your place.

Main symptoms include:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms

Crew Guidelines

The yard is small and that coupled with the diversity of our members means we all need to follow guidelines and measures set out to make it safe for us all before, during and after a row. 

The allocated cox will be the Covid officer for the row and will give clear instructions before, during and after the row. 

  1. Before entering the yard:
    1. Crew to assemble at the gate of the yard. No one is to enter the yard until cox has completed instructions.Physical distancing to be maintained throughout the preparation, the row, and returning to the yard.
    2. Cox will:
      • Allocate a rowing position for each crew member to take on the boat and there will be no movement to other positions during the row
      • Confirm weather conditions and water conditions safe and check the route to the beach is clear and not too busy
      • Run through the procedure for getting the boat ready and launching including safety and technical reminders
      • Open the gate – only one person to do this
      • Allocate tasks clearly to each crew member including:
        • One person in charge of collecting and wiping down life jackets
        • One person collecting cushions and wiping them down and washing the trolley handles
        • 2 people wiping sides of boat including wherever there is hand contact made with the boat (gunnel) One person at each side will ensure social distancing is maintained
        • One person wiping oars and handles, tillerlooms, gunwales, including Cox seat, tiller and footrests
  2. Lifting boat on and off the trolley before and after the row.
    This must be done swiftly as social distancing will not be possible for this manoeuvre. The crew to return to social distancing quickly after this has taken place.
  3. On the boat
    • Cox to minimise use of commands, directing voice above the heads of the crew
    • Cox and Stroke must wear face coverings
    • Crew to minimise conversation during row
  4. Masks must be worn when meeting at the gate, preparing the boat, whilst transporting to the shore and back to the yard. This is for safety of crew and public and to protect club reputation
  5. Hand Sanitizer:
    1. Each person taking part in the activity must bring their own hand-sanitiser
    2. Each person must use hand-sanitiser regularly, before,during and after the activity including:
      • before touching the boat and trolley for lifting and moving
      • when entering and leaving the yard, using the shed, tap and gate
      • when doing maintenance tasks
      • when collecting the trolley after a row as members of the public may have touched them during the row
  6. Bucket/Detergent:
    • Each boat must have a good bucket, sponges and washing liquid on board
    • Cox must ensure the boat is cleaned with soap before and after the outing
  7. Spectators (aka visitors):
    • No one apart from scheduled crew/maintenance team in yard
    • Friends/visitors/family members to maintain distance from crews during launch/return
  8. Keeping crew and members of the public safe:
    • Cox to assess how busy the Prom and beach are and whether it is safe to take the boat to the water. One crew member to communicate boat movement to customers sitting outside beach house just before passing with the boat in case any members of the public want to move. 
    • Do not let members of the public touch the boat
    • Crew to wear masks when transporting the boat. 
    • Crew to maintain social distancing as far as possible when transporting the boat. 
  9. Post row cleaning:
    Cox will allocate all cleaning tasks to individual crew members including: 
    • Boat wash down
    • Life jacket and seat cushion cleaning
    • Trolley cleaning
    • Oar cleaning
    • Life jackets are sorted into sets of 5 and colour coded blue, purple and pink
  10. Handover:
    The new crew collects clean life jackets and meets the incoming boat at the shore. The boat will have been washed by the outgoing crew.

If you develop symptoms of coronavirus following a row please follow Scottish Governement Guidelines: self isolate and book a coronavirus test on line at or by calling 0800 028 2816

26 September 2020